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At least Kolten Wong has someone to talk to about that game-ending pickoff play

Oct 28, 2013, 7:53 AM EDT

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Matthew gave us Kolten Wong’s side of the story on that game-ending pickoff play last night. Here’s history’s side of the story.

Via an email from my friend Mark Armour, I am reminded of another World Series pickoff play. It didn’t actually end a game, but it did end the last good chance for the losing team to make something happen. And the players, at least a couple of them anyway, are familiar with it.

Specifically: Game 2 of the 2007 Series. The Red Sox vs. the Rockies. It’s the eighth inning of a 2-1 game. The Rockies finally get a base runner by virtue of a single. Their most fearsome hitter, Todd Helton, is up to bat against the Red Sox’ closer. Then …


Yup, the Rockies player who hit the single and who got picked off was Matt Holliday, current St. Louis Cardinals left fielder. I imagine, then, that he can console Wong a bit, even if he can’t tell him that everything will be alright in the end.

  1. aceshigh11 - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Ah, 2007…good memories…

    When the Sox actually looked like one of the two best teams in baseball while playing in the World Series…those were the days…

  2. gameover78 - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Oh you know, game 1 of this series when they won 8-1.
    Paps would have struck Helton out anyways

  3. planck16 - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I know it wasn’t a pick off play, but I would put Kent “WWF” Hrbek’s body lift of Ron Gant as a similar play.

    Damn thing still haunts me, gets me all hot, but thanks to the Twins turning on the AC late in the game, I feel better!

    • albertmn - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      That was all Gant’s fault for not sliding.

      • planck16 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        I am pretty sure if Gant would have slid, that Hrbek would have rolled him up his leg like a soccer ball then picked him up and tagged him…..

    • uwsptke - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Not to make you feel old, but that Hrbek bodyslam is probably my earliest conscious baseball memory.

      I also seem to recall a player being ruled out at the plate despite the fact that he was tagged by either an empty glove or an elbow.

  4. matt14gg - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Some posters here like to spend a lot of time talking about how bad Boston sports fans are, mostly because it’s their way of pointing out to the world how much better they are than other people. So I thought it would be fun to post some of the comments posted on “Vive La Birdos”, the Cardinals SB Nation fansite, and Twitter, regarding Kolten Wong. This especially goes out to the knowledgeable poster who claims 20 years of abuse caused Bill Buckner to move to Idaho, which is akin to blaming California Angels fans for Donnie Moore’s suicide. There are plenty more, but these are a good representation:

    “You piece of shit”
    by CorFueled on Oct 27, 2013 | 11:52 PM

    “pack your bags and get the fuck out of town asshole”
    by CorFueled on Oct 27, 2013 | 11:52 PM

    “cant believe that insignificant little POS gets picked off for the last out of a WS game with Beltran up to bat as the tying run”
    by CorFueled on Oct 28, 2013 | 12:00 AM

    “dude just fuck off”
    by SwedeSpot on Oct 28, 2013 | 12:01 AM

    “You are literally hitler”
    by hazel on Oct 28, 2013 | 12:11 AM

    “Fuck Boston”
    by CBonerfied on Oct 28, 2013 | 12:18 AM

    Kyle ‏@El_Boyher7 9h
    “First time I’ve even seen Kolten Wong, that retard can go fuck himself”

    Jameson ‏@iTeeple 9h
    “Hey @KoltenWong, YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT. Sincerely, #CardinalNation”

    Johnny Cage ‏@jamescottoniv 9h

    So it’s clear that ALL Cardinals fans are heartless A-Holes…….or it’s just a few idiots that post on the internet and somehow become representative of all the fans of a certain sports team. Yeah, it sure is easy to take a few examples to try to make a point, even if the point you are making is nothing more than self serving nonsense.

    • jc4455 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      “Literally Hitler” is a meme

      • uwsptke - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        It’s Godwin’s law!

    • raysfan1 - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Of course those who generalize fan quality for Boston, Philadelphia, wherever are also just “a few idiots who post on the internet.”

      My favorite one of the quotes you copied was the one who claimed he’d never seen Wong before. Must not really be much of a fan at all seeing as Wong got a pinch hit and scored just the night before in the Cards’ game 3 win!

    • fearlessleader - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      FWIW, there were also hundreds of responses to Wong’s postgame tweet along the lines of “Don’t beat yourself up, kid” and “This wasn’t the only reason they lost.” Wong didn’t lose that game on his own any more than Middlebrooks did the night before, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a dipshit.

  5. cohnjusack - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Forgotten is the wackiness of it all, Matt Holliday also got picked off of 3rd base in Game 6 of the 2006 World Series.

    He can just say he learned it from watching Matt, alright. He learned it from watching Matt!

    • rockymountainoysters - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Well, the 2006 world series ended in 5 games, and was between the cardinals and tigers, and Matt Holliday was on the Rockies. So I don’t think you know what the hell you’re talking about.

      • bfunk1978 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        doh I was reading comments when you were posting this.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Edit, 2011 World Series.

        Maybe mellow the fuck out a weeee bit.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        b6 4-4 1 123 2,(0-2) O STL N. Punto A. Ogando -15% 56% Holliday Picked off 3B (C-3B)

        But no, good on your for having the reaction of “you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about” instead of “you may have made a typo.” Very reasonable, douchebag.

    • bfunk1978 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Holliday didn’t play in the 2006 world series, and there was no game 4 in 2007. What game are you actually talking about?

      • chiadam - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        There was no game four? Hmmmm…..that might be wrong.

      • albertmn - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        You have to love when someone gets all riled up, essentially calls someone else an idiot, and then ends up looking like one themselves. No game 4? Classic!

      • cohnjusack - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        I do enjoy you making your own typo when chiding me for mine.

        It was the 2011 World Series I was referring to.

      • bfunk1978 - Oct 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        gah, there was a game 4 in 2007.

      • gerryb323 - Oct 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        And 2006 and 2005 and 2004 and…I’m pretty sure just about every 7 game series has a game 4.

      • bfunk1978 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:46 AM


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